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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The Coming-out of Lazarus

The Raising of Lazarus
Last Sunday at MCC Auckland we had a bit of a treat.  Rev John Fowler was visiting from Melbourne and kindly preached for us.  He shared with us the story of Lazarus, but in a new way for many of us.  It challenged us to look out for the '10% club' which maybe hidden within scripture.  Why were two sisters and a brother all living in the one house?  Quite unusual for the time.  Why do we never question why it was a man, who carried the water on his head, who lead them to the secret room where they would share the passover meal with Jesus?  Especially as it was usually a female's job.

I also quite like the way Lazarus' family can be referred to as his family of choice.  But this family wasn't mum, dad and two point five kids.  This was an unusual family which didn't fit the 'norm'.  Much like my family!

He also used a 'reflection after the message' piece, which I think is a great idea to help cement what was delivered during the sermon.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Praying for our communities

While staying with my husband's family in London a lovely postcard was put through the door.  Basically asking if anyone wanted prayers. Hopefully use this idea one day soon.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Camino Inspired ...

When Emily and Alan returned to South London MCC after completing the camino in Spain - we talked to the congregation about what we had learnt on The Way.  Mary took notes and shared them with us...

1.       One step at a time in 500 miles
2.       Dislocation can be the needed thing
3.       Appreciate creation including your body
4.       Even though a building is a ruin it can still do good things – a ruin still has energy
5.       Look after your body – it has been given to you
6.       Make God time normal time
7.       Just let it happen.  The Big Man will sort it
8.       Slow down to trust the ‘let it happen’. Give it time
9.       You have the provision – so if it rains you have a poncho
10.   Learn what you need to carry in your rucksack and what you do not need
11.   you can get by with so little
12.   Pick up a stone to represent your burden.  Lay it down when you begin to get an answer to your burden.  Pick up someone else’s stone and carry that for a while to help them.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Five Regrets of the Dying

Interesting write up in the Guardian...

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

Surprise, surprise .... working so hard is amongst them ...